Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Challenge: Day 6

Hey, you have to be Thankful for the small things. My friend gave me this recipe. I'm thankful for it among many others. It's nice to be able to feed my husband well.

1 Package of frozen hash brown (see freezer section of the grocery store)
1 tub of sour cream (medium size works nice)
1 yellow onion diced
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 stick of melted butter

Mix all of the above together in a large bowl.

Next, crumble some potato chips (sourcream and onion works well but anything will do) on top and cover with foil.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 30 min (covered with foil) and 30 min without the foil. It's delicious but it makes a huge serving so I hope you: a) like leftovers or b) are having friends over for dinner!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Challenge: Day 5

I bet I can guess what you're most thankful for...the day this Thanksgiving Challenge ends.

Well, you've got three more days, counting today.

I started decorating for Christmas yesterday. This is something that is traditionally saved for Thanksgiving day but I couldn't wait. For the past three years, I have been unable to decorate for Christmas. Why? I was moving every single Christmas.

So this year, I was a little more anxious than normal. It is the first time we've had a chance to decorate our new home for the season. And that my friends, is something that I am thankful for: my new house and the chance to decorate it. I feel like Mark and I are finally getting a chance to create our traditions!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Thanksgiving Challenge: Day 4

My dogs. I know it's silly. They are only dogs but they are very special to me.

Pepper was gift from an ex. I was able to keep her after we broke up. She helped me overcome that break-up and a few bad dating experiences before I found Mark, who she immediately fell in love with. You can tell a lot by the way your dog reacts to a person. She was also there when my best friend moved away our senior year of college. She's seen me through about six moves and has been a trooper. She was an apartment dog when she needed to be and loves her new backyard (now that we own a home). I never thought I could be so attached to an animal.

Clyde was purchased by me for Mark. Mark fell in love with Clyde when he accompanied me to PetSmart to get the Pepper food. Clyde had to stay with me until Mark moved out of his parents house and into his friends' house. Therefore, I had the pleasure of housebreaking the wonder mutt. Clyde has a unique way of entertaining us. He is very intelligent but I swear he pretends that he doesn't have clue what is going on. It's funny to watch his act. He also has the most amazing Frisbee skills. He can jump incredibly high and makes the cutest squeaking noise when you don't throw the Frisbee fast enough. I'm not sure what we would do without Clyde. He's a sweetheart.

I'm thankful that both of these fleabags nuzzled their way into our lives. (P.S. If you want a hilarious account of what it's like to love your animal read Marley & Me. The movie comes out on Christmas Eve or Day...can't remember...but the book is laugh out loud hilarious.)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thanksgiving Challenge: Day 3

I have to thank our friends, new and old. I'm not going to name you because it would take all day, but you know who you are.

I am thankful that our friends do not add to the drama in our life. They are there to support us through it. I never doubt that we can call on you in an emergency (or even a non-emergency) and I hope you know you can do the same.

There is never a shortage of good times when you have friends like Mark and I. We love you. Thank you.

Here are some pics of some of our friends. To those of you not included, a lot of my pictures got wiped out when my CPU crashed a year ago. I'm sorry but I hold you in my heart not on a website.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving Challenge: Day 2

My family! I thank God and I thank you.
I can honestly say that there has never been a day when I didn't feel loved. From the time I was born, I was showered with hugs, kisses and encouragement. My parents and brother have always supported me. They were there when I needed them and there when I didn't think I needed them ;). My parents have always guided me well, but they allowed me to be myself. My brother has been my best friend for close to 23 years.

I was also blessed to have an extremely close relationship with my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins. Shout out now, to the newest member of the family! My cousin and her husband just had a son. We have shared vacations, laughter, tears of joy and sorrow and we are each stronger individuals because of each other.

I am lucky to say that I now have in-laws that are wonderful. They have welcomed me into their lives with enthusiasm. Marks mom, dad, siblings, grandparents and aunts and uncles have treated me as no less than family since the first time I met each of them (when Mark and I were ONLY dating).
I love you all! Thank you!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thanksgiving Challenge: Day 1

Do you give thanks everyday? I'll be the first to admit that there are days that drag me down, days that I can't do anything but complain, but I like to think that I do a pretty good job of appreciating the people, things, opportunities, etc. that are in my life. That being said, I am challenging myself to a week of thanksgiving. I encourage you to do the same. We can thank God or we can thank other people but I think it is important to acknowledge reasons for giving thanks every single day (even if it's the waitress that serves your meal at Chili's). Thanks is free so you can give it out as often as you like!

Day 1:

I am thankful for my husband, Mark. As my best friend and partner in crime life, he has made me exceptionally happy and proud to be his wife. I swear the man never gets mad. He's a great listener, chef, housekeeper, launderer, bread winner, grocery shopper (b/c I get severe anxiety in the grocery store), friend, secret keeper and antagonist (to name a few). Yes, he has learned how to push my buttons. I have finally met my match! It is so nice to have a partner and not just a husband. I hope we continue to share our responsibilities and life together with such enthusiasm and honesty. Funky Bunch, you da man! I love you!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Some things are too good to not share...

As I write this blog, I'm sitting on our new sectional sofa! I'm excited because this is the first piece of furniture that Mark and I have purchased as a married couple. I'm thankful that every piece of furniture that we own was a gift or a hand-me-down from our parents, friends and/or other family. Mark and I did not buy a home and rush to fill it up with 'things.' Instead, we took my parents advice and are slowly acquiring furniture and decorations as we move through our life together. In the meantime, we have an empty bedroom, bare walls and curtain-less windows. It does force us to take our time and purchase things that we know we will enjoy for years to come and it helps us to appreciate working for those things.

Why did we get the couch? Mark and I made a deal with one another. I quit my job last Thursday (or rather put in my notice) and Mark said if I could get another job before December 1st then we could get the awesome sofa we found on sale at Rooms2Go. Well, yesterday I went to a job interview and got the job! I will be working at Wells Fargo! This was a record setting job search. I have never been able to get a job in a matter of days. I think the average time it takes to get a new job is 3 months (don't quote me on that). So, here I sit working on my transition tasks for my current employer (yes, I took this break to blog) on our beautiful and comfy new sofa.

I would also like to share that Mark was promoted this week and will now be responsible for leading his own sales team of two. To top it off, he has obtained the head JV lacrosse coaching job at his high school alma mater, Anderson High. Congratulations, baby! I'm proud of you. Go Trojans!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chicago Part Four: The Grand Finale (October 25, 2008)

I've kept you in suspense long enough...

Day 4 in Chicago was a somewhat relaxing day. We didn't plan too much; we just finished seeing the things we hadn't seen yet. First up, the Chicago Art Institute.  Most of the exhibits were closed so we only saw Early European Art, Impressionists, some Asian sculptures and one Georgia O'Keefe (who I love). I was disappointed that we didn't get to see much American art but it was interesting nonetheless. 

Then we were off to the Chicago History Museum. It was one of the best museums we saw. We played a lot (see pictures). We saw the bed Lincoln died in, the history of the Chicago fire and some history of cultural mix in Chicago. I was surprised that there was very little information on the gang history of Chicago.

Below is the bed Lincoln passed away in after being shot. He was too tall to fit in the bed so he was placed diagonally. Depressing. Sorry. But, it's our history.
The 'hotdog' is a Chicago dog (remember, the one Mark hated).

As you can see, I got to travel back in time ;) .

Last on our list, was Wrigley field. We walked miles to get a picture with this stadium...not sure why but those of you who know me, know I LOVE ME SOME BASEBALL (so it was worth it). On the way to Wrigley we stopped at a restaurant to eat a pizza pot pie... weird I know but delicious!

After Wrigley Field, we went back to the hotel to rest for a few minutes. Then we were off to Navy Pier which was nice but uneventful. For dinner, we ate at the famous Billy Goat Tavern (from Saturday Night Live). Don't worry...nobody but but my mom seems to know what I'm talking about.  

After dinner, we went back to Wrigelyville for happy hour. Around 2 a.m. (yes we stayed up that late), we went to Wiener Circle (per Mark's friends Jordan's demand) and had some fries. Weiner Circle was strange. They encourage you to yell at them to 'Make me some food *insert explicative*.' To which they reply, 'Tip me you *insert explicative*.' It was both funny and crude.

I hated to leave (as you can see below). That's me on the train on the way to the airport (yay for $2 rides to the airport)!
 Mark and I both agree that we could live in Chicago. It was an awesome city!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Texas Tech 39-University of Texas 33

I hope you watched the game yesterday. If not, you can catch some great highlights on ESPN. How 'bout them Raiders?!? Yesterday's game was the epitome of what it means to Wreck 'em Tech. I hope we keep it up for the next three games. (P.S. That guy from Walgreens ate his words.)

Who's up next?
  • OSU
  • OU
  • Baylor

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Tech vs. UT

Okay. I'm all for a little friendly rivalry but the problem with living in Austin on days like today is the non-alumni fans that run their mouths to total strangers. Mind you, I have some friends that did not attend UT that like to talk friendly trash to me but they do it with good intentions to 'get my goat.'

I went to Walgreens to pick up some diet coke and potato chips and some random guy (that by my best assessment, did not attend UT) decided to tell me: "It's going to be a long night for you." And, "At least you wore your hat." Note: by hat he meant my Tech Alumni shirt.

I paid good money to be able to, in his words, 'wear my hat.' I wear it proudly because I love Tech! I don't know if the Raiders will win today but I know that Leach and the boys have worked hard to get here and we are finally getting some well-deserved recognition for that work. If we lose, they have properly ranked the teams this year. If we win, that jack-ass will have to eat his smug words!

My reaction to this guy. Nothing but a smile because I know something he doesn't know...given he attended neither school. WRECK 'EM TECH!!!!

In the words of Bob Knight, "I deeply hope we beat their asses today!" Thank you, General. I hope we do too!